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The Triumph Of Bureaucracy: Al Qaeda’s Job Application

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Who knew terrorists had an H.R. Department?

Osama Bin Laden Liked To Read 9/11 Conspiracy Books

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Newly released documents recovered from the home where Osama bin Laden hid until being killed in May 2011 by Seal Team Six reveal that the al Qaeda leader had some interesting reading habits: In his final hours, Osama bin Laden surrounded himself with conspiracy theories, U.S. government documents and even video game guides. The Obama […]

George Pataki Is Running For President For Some Reason

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Former New York Governor George Pataki, who has flirted with the idea of running for President in the past, will be entering the race for the Republican nomination next week: Former New York Governor George Pataki indicated on Wednesday that he would announce his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination next week in New […]

Patriots Will Not Appeal N.F.L.’s DeflateGate Sanctions

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In a move that surprised many, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced this afternoon that the team would not appeal the sanctions imposed against it over the scandal that has come to be known as “DeflateGate”: Robert K. Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, who has been confrontational while warring with theN.F.L. […]

Looking For A Job? Saudi Arabia Is Hiring!

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Looking for a new job? Well, Saudi Arabia is hiring: Job seekers in Saudi Arabia who have a strong constitution and endorse strict Islamic law might consider new opportunities carrying out public beheadings and amputating the hands of convicted thieves. The eight positions, as advertised on the website of the Ministry of Civil Service, require […]

John Kaisch ‘Virtually Certain’ To Be Running For President

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Ohio Governor John Kaisch looks like he’ll be joining an already crowded Republican Presidential field: John Kasich is “virtually certain” to jump into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, sources close to the Ohio governor tell ABC News. Kasich has said his wife and daughters have given him a green light to run […]

Bobby Jindal Forms Presidential Exploratory Committee

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has formed a Presidential Exploratory Committee: Bobby Jindal announced Monday that he’s forming a presidential exploratory committee for a potential run for the 2016 Republican nomination. The Louisiana governor, a fierce social conservative who has been active in the early nominating states, will make a decision after the state’s legislative session […]

Tsarnaev Jurors Were Pro-Death Penalty

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The gang at The Week are surprised that “Only jurors who were open to the death penalty were chosen for the Tsarnaev trial.”

John Oliver Interview

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Jorge Ramos interviews John Oliver:  

Evander Holyfield Bests Mitt Romney in Boxing Match

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A five-time heavyweight champion has beaten a rich politician in a bizarre charity event.

Former Egyptian President Morsi Sentenced to Death

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Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first truly-elected president, has been sentenced to death by the government which ousted him in a coup.

Tom Brady Appeals Suspension, Roger Goodell Says He’ll Hear The Appeal

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As expected, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady formally appealed the four game suspension imposed by the National Football League over the so-called “DeflateGate” scandal, and N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell said he would personally hear the appeal rather than handing it off to an outside arbitrator: Tom Brady formally appealed his four-game suspension on Thursday […]

Blues Legend B.B. King Dead At 89

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Blues legend B.B. King, creator of one of the most unique sounds in American music, passed away overnight at the age of 89: B. B. King, whose world-weary voice and wailing guitar lifted him from the cotton fields of Mississippi to a global stage and the apex of American blues, died Thursday in Las Vegas, […]

The Voice Of Mr. Burns And Ned Flanders Is Leaving The Simpsons

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The Simpsons has apparently suffered one of its most significant creative losses in the more than two decades its been on the air with the news that Harry Shearer, who voices some of the shows most iconic characters, is leaving the show: It is not looking like an okely-dokely day in the town of Springfield: […]

Russ Feingold Is Running For Senate Again

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Former Senator Russ Feingold announced today that he is seeking to return to the Senate with a rematch against the man who beat him in the Repubican wave election in 2010: Democrat Russ Feingold announced Thursday morning his long-expected bid to win back his US Senate seat from Ron Johnson, the Republican who defeated him […]

Irish Voters To Vote On Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage On May 22nd

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In just over a week, Ireland seems set to become the first nation in the world to legalize same-sex marriage via referendum: DUBLIN — In less than two weeks, the Republic of Ireland could become the first country in the world to allow same-sex couples to marry thanks to a popular vote, boosting the marriage-equality […]

Curiosity Rover Captures The Blue Sunset Of Mars

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NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover has captured the best photos yet of the stunning blue sunsets of Mars: More than three years after Curiosity first began its mission on Mars, the NASA rover finally had some time to observe — and photograph — its first sunset. And yes, a sunset on the Red Planet is blue. […]

Quote Of The Day

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From The Washington Post: One afternoon in April, Bill Clinton looked up at a television in his midtown Manhattan office and saw the grainy security-camera photo of his wife and her aide, Huma Abedin, at a Chipotle in Ohio, appearing incognito in dark sunglasses. He turned to aides and wondered, “What are she and Huma […]

Uber Sets $50 Billion Valuation Target In New Funding Drive

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Uber, the mobile phone based car service that has upended the taxi industry across the nation and around the world, is raising another round of funding from private investors, and aiming for a valuation of $50 billion: Uber Technologies Inc., the world’s most highly capitalized startup, plans to raise another large round of funding. The […]

W.H.O. Declares Liberia To Be Ebola Free

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One of the nations that was the focal point of last year’s Ebola outbreak has been declared free of the disease: The World Health Organization declared Liberia free of Ebola on Saturday, making it the first of the three hardest-hit West African countries to bring a formal end to the epidemic. “The outbreak of Ebola […]

Netanyahu Forms Government At Last Minute, Beating Deadline

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As expected, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was able to reach an agreement with several smaller parties to allow him to form a government before yesterday’s deadline expired: JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel barely met the legal deadline to form a new government on Wednesday night and will start his fourth term […]

Former House Speaker Jim Wright Dead At 92

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Jim Wright, a Texas Democrat who served for thirty-six years in the House of Representatives and ultimately rose to become Speaker Of The House after Tip O’Neill retired only to be forced to resign amid an ethics scandal, has died at the age of 92: Jim Wright, a hard-driving 18-term Texas Democrat who, as speaker […]

Benjamin Netaynahu Having Trouble Forming Government As Deadline Nears

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There hasn’t been much attention paid to Israeli politics since March, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to have coasted to an overwhelming victory in elections that many thought would end up being closer than they ended up being. The only thing that remained for Netayanyahu after the results were clear was to put together […]

Democrats Set Six Presidential Debates, Republicans Search For A Big Enough Debate Stage

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Hillary Clinton will meet Bernie Sanders and whomever else decides to enter the Presidential race on the Democratic side in debates six times, at least that’s what the Democratic National Committee is saying: Democrats will announce Tuesday six presidential primary debates, giving long shots a potential opportunity to share the debate stage with frontrunner Hillary […]

Poll: Majority Of Americans Would Support SCOTUS Decision Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

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A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that a majority of Americans believe the Supreme Court should legalize same-sex marriage nationwide: Nearly three in five Americans want to see the Supreme Court legalize gay marriage throughout the United States, according to a new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll. A total of 58 percent […]

Bernie Sanders Has A Brother Running For A Seat In Parliament In Britain

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Senator Bernie Sanders announced last week that he was running for President, but it turns out he’s not the only one in the family with a taste for electoral politics. His older brother is running for a seat in the British Parliament in this week’s elections: Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont promised to fight for […]

Scalia Wants Those Kids off his Lawn

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Or, at least, that was my basic reaction to this from the Daily Mail:   Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia believes society is eroding because women use the ‘F-word’ and thinks Facebook is ‘strange’.

Chart: Deaths from Police Shootings

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I do not have a lot to say about the following at the moment, but it is still worth a look (via The Economist):   Yes, one comparative stat is not sufficient to tell the whole story (as was true when I posted on the death penalty and the US in comparative perspective).  I will […]

Headline of the Day (UK Elections Edition)

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Via The Telegraph:  Student loses trousers while taking selfie with Nick Clegg. Video at the link.

R&B Legend Ben E. King Dies At 76

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Ben E. King, a Rhythm & Blue singer who had success both as the lead singer of The Drifters and as a solo artist, passed away yesterday at the age of 76: Ben E. King, the smooth, soulful baritone who led the Drifters on “There Goes My Baby,” “Save the Last Dance for Me” and […]

Jon Stewart Decimates Judith Miller

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Last night, Jon Stewart’s guest on The Daily Show was former New York Times reporter, who was of course one of the most prominent journalists writing stories asserting that Iraq and an active WMD program in the years before the Iraq War, and the result was perhaps one of Stewart’s best interviews in some time: The Daily ShowGet […]

Kazakhstan Overwhelmingly “Re-Elects” Nursultan Nazrabayev

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Nursultan Nazarbayev has been the leader of Kazakhstan since it became independent from the Soviet Union in 1991, and before that he had served in pretty much every high-level position in the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic dating back to 1984. This weekend, he was overwhelmingly “elected” to his fifth term in office: Election officials in […]

An Odd Incentive in Venezuela

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Via the BBC: Venezuela mango-thrower gets flat from president A Venezuelan woman has had her wish for a flat granted by President Nicolas Maduro after she made her point by hitting him on the head with a mango. Marleny Olivo threw the fruit at the president while he was driving a bus through the central […]

The Role of Police

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Ta-Nehisi Coates has an interesting piece at The Atlantic that is worth a read:  The Myth of Police Reform.  While the whole piece is worth a read, I would highlight two points. First, he raises a key issue about the overburdening of police that we, as a society, have engaged in: At some point, Americans decided that […]

Mary Keefe, Model For Norman Rockwell’s ‘Rosie The Riveter’, Dies At 92

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The woman who served as the model for one of Norman Rockwell’s most well known paintings has passed away at the age of 92: You know Mary Doyle Keefe, but maybe not by that name. In 1943, the then-19-year-old telephone operator had been called upon to provide a unique kind of service during the war effort: Become the face of […]

Mapping Languages Worldwide

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Some interesting stuff via WaPo:  The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts.

Ye Olde Amendment Ploy

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One of the things that a politicians can do to immediately underscore to me their total cynicism vis-a-vis their own supporters is to propose a constitutional amendment on a highly controversial subject. To wit (via Bloomberg):  Ted Cruz Introduces Bills to Stop Gay Marriage Days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage, […]

Bruce Jenner and Dog The Bounty Hunter Come Out

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Bruce Jenner has come out to Diane Sawyer admitting what most had already suspected: that he’s Republican and a Christian. Meanwhile, Dog the Bounty Hunter has endorsed Hillary Clinton for the presidency. The collective minds at the Daily Caller and Fox News are officially blown.

Loretta Lynch Confirmed As 83rd Attorney General Of The United States

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After waiting 166 days since President Obama first appointed her to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General, Loretta Lynch has been confirmed as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States: The Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch to be the next U.S. attorney general on Thursday, ending months of acrimonious debate and installing a black woman as […]

Colorado Man Shoots Malfunctioning Computer

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A Colorado Man finally had enough of his malfunctioning Dell: When ctrl + alt + delete doesn’t work, just shoot the darn thing. That’s what one man did on Monday night, according to Colorado Springs police. Lucas Hinch, 37, was cited for discharging a weapon within city limits after he took the fight with his […]

Hillary Clinton ‘Unrunning’ For President

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The press corps is already bored.

The Complexity of Genocide

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The Holocaust was a very atypical case of genocide.

Senate Deal On Human Trafficking Bill Paves Way For Vote On Loretta Lynch Nomination

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A deal on the human trafficking bill that has been pending in the Senate for the better part of a month appears to have opened the door to a final vote on Loretta Lynch’s nomination as Attorney General: WASHINGTON — After weeks of difficult negotiations, the Senate on Tuesday reached an agreement on a bill […]

Egyptian Court Sentences Former President To 20 Years

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An Egyptian Court has sentenced former President Mohammed Morsi, who was deposed in a July 2013 coup, to 20 years in prison for his alleged role in the deaths of civilians during protests while he was in office: CAIRO — An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years […]

Chris Christie’s Costly Indecisiveness

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WaPo’s “Top Christie ally defects to Bush” buries the lede.

Tim Tebow To Become The Fifth Quarterback On The Philadelphia Eagles

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Tim Tebow, who hasn’t played in a regular season NFL game since being released by the New York Jets at the end of the 2012 season, will be joining a Philadelphia Eagles team that is already top heavy with Quarterbacks: Reports that the Philadelphia Eagles are about to sign Tim Tebow raise a host of […]

Previewing The Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Arguments

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On April 28th, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the four cases challenging state law bans on same-sex marriage. As we get closer to that date, there are likely to be many preview pieces about what is obviously the most important case the Court will hear this term. Over at SCOTUSBlog, Lyle Denniston […]

Joe Manchin Will Not Run For West Virginia Governor

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After flirting with the idea on several occasions, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has announced that he will not run for Governor of West Virginia and will run for re-election to the Senate: Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced Sunday that he won’t run for governor next year and instead plans to seek reelection […]

Norway Phasing Out FM Radio By 2017

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Norway is moving to all-digital radio.

Hillary Clinton, Sexism, and Hot Air

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Jazz Shaw has some perfectly reasonable things to say in response to my posting “Hillary Clinton, Sexism, and Male Privilege.” The Hot Air commentariat . . . not so much.

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